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Chlorhexidine Gluconate

Chlorhexidine (free base) structure

Chlorhexidine Gluconate is an antiseptic used as an active ingredient in mouthwash designed to kill plaque and other oral bacteria. In some countries it is available by prescription only. It is sometimes marketed under the brand names Peridex, Periochip, Periogard Oral Rinse or in the UK Corsodyl or Chlorohex. Chlorhexidine Gluconate-based products are usually utilized to combat or prevent gum disease s such as gingivitis.

Chlorhexidine Gluconate is also used in non-dental applications, most notably under the brand name Hibiclens, to combat microbes. It is available in the United States over the counter. It is used for general skin cleansing, a surgical scrub and a pre-operative skin preparation. Due to other chemicals listed as inactive ingredients, Hibiclens is not suitable for use as mouthwash.

External Links

  • Peridex Information Page
  • Regent Medical's page on Hibiclens
Last updated: 04-29-2005 16:57:18